Plans are on track here in Minnesota for a wonderful Christmas. Benihana is waiting with a hibachi table set for 9. Christmas morning we will feast and open gifts. My skates are sharp and I hear REI has skis for rent. This is a winter for brilliant re-experiences, and so much more meaning.
Update on my health is not as shining. I've had only 4 consistently stable days, other days are a roller coaster struggle with side effects from the CO-1686 trial medication. Most critical, my white blood cell count is dropping below a threshold which dictates (per the clinical study) that my medication dosage must be reduced. This decision will be made in the next few weeks. My hope, with a medication reduction, is that side effects will relent and I gain more stable days. Downside, the medication is less effective at lower dosages and only two reductions are allowed to remain in the study. Without the medication my time will be short, but at this point it is simply a quality of life equation. Let's hope that a reduction can hold me steady, so I can get out my skates and play some pond hockey...who's in?